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harem

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noun har·em \ˈher-əm\

Simple Definition of harem

  • : a house or part of a house in which the women of a Muslim household live

  • : the women who live in a harem in a Muslim household

  • : a group of women who are associated with one man

Full Definition of harem

  1. 1 a :  a usually secluded house or part of a house allotted to women in a Muslim household b :  the wives, concubines, female relatives, and servants occupying a harem

  2. 2 :  a group of women associated with one man

  3. 3 :  a group of females associated with one male —used of polygamous animals

Examples of harem

  1. the pop star and his harem



Origin of harem

ultimately from Arabic ḥarīm, literally, something forbidden & ḥaram, literally, sanctuary


First Known Use: 1623

Rhymes with harem



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